There have been requests that I offer a second presentation of my bald eagle lecture at the Jordan Lake State Park.
Ranger Steve McMurray has been kind enough to schedule another session.
I will be talking about the bald eagles of Jordan Lake and how their lives interact with the lake’s community.
Presentation is on Saturday, September 24, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM.
There is no admission; just bring your interest and your family and friends and join me.
I hope to see you all there.
directions to Jordan Lake SRA Visitor Center
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It was about 20 minutes after sunrise, the golden hour was tinting everything with brass.
Godiva, the mother of the H&G nest, appeared and dove on what looked like, to me and apparently to her, a fish.
She pulled out after grabbing the object with one talon and then instantly releasing it.
She circled, took a second look, and didn’t try again to catch the “fish”.
You can see the “finned” white object about 12 feet to the left of Godiva. I still don’t know what it was.
I just know Godiva wasn’t going to waste any more time on the “non-breakfast” item.walk0810-09-07-16-07-17-48-ebenezer-godiva-fishing

Thought y’all might enjoy the other end of the fledgling osprey’s flight.
After being puzzled by watching us watching her,
the youngster took off to practice her new skills.

WALK9177 08-28-16 @ 09-49-41 Ebenezer osprey fishing

The leap into the open space surrounding the nest is one step.
The next is to safely stick a landing.
This female osprey fledgling seemed as intent on watching my friends and I
as she was in making sure her feet were going to meet the branch at the right angle.
And, yes, she made a great landing!

WALK9138 08-28-16 @ 09-47-03 Ebenezer osprey fledgling

 

Ah, dear Friends,
As is my wont, I asked some of my birder friends to help me identify the bird I posted yesterday as a new life list bird, a blue-headed vireo.  Included in my inquires was a letter with the photo to the NC Museum of Natural History through their Ask a Naturalist program https://is.gd/KuSTMK.  I had studied my photo.  Studied the identification points in my Crossley Guide and Stokes Birds books.  I was pretty darn certain that the bird was a blue-headed vireo and so were the birder friends I had sent it to.  Alas, here is the reply from Dr. O’Shea at the Museum…and it appears that he was startled by the similarities of the bird to a blue-headed vireo.
“…Hi, although I had to do a double-take on this one, it is a Pine Warbler.  The broken eye-ring and “spectacled” look is exceptionally bright on this individual, but there is some variability in this species in the Fall, and for that reason it is one of the most confusing of the warblers at this time of year.  In general, the stocky shape, thick bill, lack of streaking, and the fact that it was with a flock of Pine Warblers also argue for the ID.  Hope this helps, Brian”  
 
Brian J. O’Shea, Ph.D.
Collections Manager for Ornithology
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St. Raleigh NC 27601
 
My apologies and back to the hunt for a true blue-headed vireo.
peace and grace and sheepish grin on my face,
doc ellen